Testimonials

Learn how the Leadership Development Academy of Rock County program has helped individuals become better leaders — and how this benefits their employers and community.

LDA Participant Feedback

The Leadership Development Academy ... taught me that stepping out of my comfort zone creates adventure, excitement and opportunity. If you stretch your limits even a little bit, you can build and improve your confidence and self-esteem. No matter what happens when you try something new, even if you fail at least you tried and probably even learned/gained something...
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Jean Miller
ANGI Energy Systems
Participating in the LDA was one of the best decisions I've made. Not only did it help me understand the people, places, businesses, and organizations that make Rock County what it is, it also helped me find my niche in the community. I use lessons learned during LDA almost daily in my life, business, and the community.
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Eric Kuznacic
Why The Fuss? Technical Solutions
The Leadership Development Academy has been a great experience for me both personally and professionally. I've gained insight into some wonderful organizations and have made connections with great leaders in Rock County. The LDA has paved the way for me to continue an active role within the community.
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Jane Golberg
Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change
LDA has given me the opportunity to learn more about the positives of Rock County ... our economy and growth positives, both residential and business. Rock County is truly on a path to bigger and better....Every LDA graduate has a place to lead in our neighborhoods and workplace markets.
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Deb Curtis
Johnson Bank
LDA has taught me a great deal about myself. I am much more open and confident in a group setting and while presenting thanks to LDA. I also now have a much greater appreciation for Rock County and the many great people and organizations that make it thrive.
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Bill Frisbee
City of Beloit
Through my LDA journey, I emerged having a greater understanding of myself and my leadership style, nurtured my ability to effectively communicate with others, enhanced my team-building skills (and made some amazing friendships along the way), and gained a deeper understanding of the needs of the community I live and work in.
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Katrina Bird
First Community Credit Union
As a newcomer to Rock County, it was interesting to learn more about the economic development efforts within the region and to meet so many dedicated representatives from area charitable organizations.
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Kathryn Scott
SSM Health
Leadership Development Academy has taught me so many things about our community, about working as a team, and about myself. I am extremely thankful to (Executive Director) Linda Ross, the LDA Board Members, my employer, my team and new friendships I have made during my time at LDA.
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Jenny Ryan
Applied Ecological Services
I’m very thankful for the opportunity to participate in LDA. It has helped shape and define who I am and who I want to be in the community. The best part - I’ve been able to make a difference and make some friends along the way!
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Jennifer McCarthy
Baker Tilly
The LDA opened up my eyes to myself and my abilities, and the needs of our community. LDA taught me how to be impactful and to use the resources of teammates to move us forward. Thank you to all of the mentors, sponsors, businesses and especially (Executive Director) Linda Ross for making our LDA journey so great!
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Lily Lux
ANGI Energy Systems
This program exceeded my expectations. It has been an amazing opportunity and I feel very blessed to have gone through this academy with such an amazing group.
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Theresa Gunderson
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
LDA has raised my awareness and social conscience; provided me with the opportunity to touch the heart and soul of our community; deepened my appreciation; sparked my desire to help make it a better place.
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Julie Gietzel
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Without a doubt, LDA has awarded me the pleasure to work with talented, passionate, and engaging leaders here in Rock County. Connecting with all the awesome people in this program has been the best part of the experience, as well as collaborating with them to make our community work better. Cheers to all of you!
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Nathan Fuller
Rock County Historical Society
My journey over the last ten months with LDA has been filled with self-awareness, collaboration, networking opportunities, new friendships and the chance to step out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion. Thank you to all who joined me on this journey, it was a very rewarding experience.
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Tammy Eliszewski
Town Bank
LDA has helped me to grow as an individual, create new relationships, and gain a greater awareness and appreciation of Rock County. I plan to use this to find innovative ways to touch lives and make a difference in our community.
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Wendy Bumgarner
Johnson Bank
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